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Murdoch University selected to host national final of Pitch@Palace Australia 3.0

Group of pitchers and the Duke of York on Bush Court at the 2018 event

Murdoch University has won the right to host the prestigious national Pitch@Palace Australia 3.0 Boot Camp and Final following the success of the On Tour Perth event last year.

This is the first time that the final of this important global program will be held in Western Australia and provides a significant opportunity for our burgeoning start-up sector to build networks beyond our state.

His Royal Highness The Duke of York will once again travel to Perth to help early stage businesses and entrepreneurs amplify and accelerate their work.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Eeva Leinonen said the University was honoured to be welcoming The Duke of York and his team back to Perth.

“The Pitch@Palace program has helped to nurture and develop entrepreneurial talent globally, aligning strongly with our focus on equipping our students and staff with the knowledge, skills and confidence to find innovative solutions to real-world challenges,” Professor Leinonen said.

“We were honoured last year to welcome The Duke of York and to partner with Pitch@Palace to host the first Pitch@Palace Australia On Tour to be held in Perth, and are thrilled the success of that event has led to us being given the opportunity to host the Boot Camp and Final.”

Applications now open

This is the second year running Murdoch has been picked to host the Pitch@Palace On Tour Perth event, and the first time it will host the Boot Camp and Final.

Applications for the On Tour Perth event are now open until Thursday 18 July.

“Pitch@Palace is a wonderful opportunity for WA’s entrepreneurs to get their ideas out to an audience with access to distribution systems, supply chains, business acumen and maybe even investment dollars, and I hope to see Murdoch students, staff and alumni among the applicants,” Professor Leinonen said.

Pitch@Palace was founded by The Duke of York in 2014 as a platform to amplify and accelerate the work of entrepreneurs.

Pitch@Palace Australia 3.0 has a broad technology theme and will discover entrepreneurs that have identified opportunities in the following areas:

  • Agriculture, Energy and Renewables Technology
  • Business and Consumer Products and Services
  • Consumer and Industrial IoT
  • Cyber Security, Data Management and Analytics
  • Fintech and Blockchain
  • Health, Fitness and Medical Technology
  • Media and Educational Technology
  • Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality 

The emerging business innovators selected to compete in the On Tour Perth event at Murdoch’s South Street campus will have just three minutes to pitch their ideas to judging panel of business and community leaders.

Murdoch Master of Business Administration student and entrepreneur Adam Kinnest was selected to compete in the Australian final in 2018 after his successful pitch for his tech socks innovation at the On Tour Perth event.

He said the opportunity to present in front of an influential audience was the real win of taking part in Pitch@Palace.

“It provided me with an opportunity to present to some of the world’s best in business, technology, investment and academics who provided me with advice and support to keep bettering my idea and myself,” Mr Kinnest said.

People who apply should be prepared to embrace the experience and to set any expectations aside. Even if you have doubts take the leap and apply for what will be one of the best experiences of your life.

OncoRes Medical, which first pitched at the On Tour Perth event at Murdoch, was named as one of three Pitch@Palace Global Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2018.

The overall winner of the Australia competition will be invited to attend the Pitch@Palace Global 4.0 at St James Palace, in London at a later date.

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17 Jun 2019

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